wrath·​ful | \ ˈrath-fəl How to pronounce wrathful (audio) , chiefly British ˈrȯth- \

Definition of wrathful

1 : filled with wrath : irate
2 : arising from, marked by, or indicative of wrath

Other Words from wrathful

wrathfully \ ˈrath-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wrathful (audio) , chiefly British  ˈrȯth-​ \ adverb
wrathfulness noun

Examples of wrathful in a Sentence

in a wrathful voice she demanded to know what had happened
Recent Examples on the Web Still reeling from the death of her mother, Kela finds a magical comb near the ocean that summons a wrathful mermaid that will grant her a wish — but at a dangerous price. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 In addition to unveiling the poster art, the panel revealed that one of the characters will have an (as yet unspecified) connection to one of the franchise's most famous wrathful villains. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 Before your eyes, a person is being magnified—rhetorically and physically inflated, pulsing with a wrathful radiance. James Parker, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021 While my beat is usually non-wrathful grapes, my curiosity dragged me into this literary mystery. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 June 2021 His eyes smolder like burning coals in anticipation of the violence that his wrathful mission will inevitably entail. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 In mid-February a wrathful Mother Nature decided to spike a historic winter storm right into the heart of the Lone Star State, one more layer of trauma stacked upon the rest. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Apr. 2021 At Madoff’s sentencing in June 2009, wrathful former clients stood to demand the maximum punishment. Michael Balsamo And Tom Hays, Chron, 14 Apr. 2021 At Madoff’s sentencing in 2009, wrathful former clients stood to demand the maximum punishment. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wrathful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for wrathful


wrath·​ful | \ ˈrath-fəl How to pronounce wrathful (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrathful

1 : full of wrath
2 : showing wrath

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